stories from the invisible workforce in the restaurant industry
A FILM BY LIA KORNMEHL
01 The Film
Back of the House is a short documentary film about the vital and undervalued role immigrants play in the restaurant industry. The film explores the strength of five Hispanic immigrants and tells their stories coming to and working in the United States. In addition to the personal narratives, three leaders in immigration law and policy: Susan Church, Vincent Rougeau, and Brian Lang bring a unique perspective on how immigration has affected them.
Lia Kornmehl is currently a freshman at Bowdoin College. In 2017, after learning that the majority of labor within service industries is done by immigrants, she wanted to learn why immigration was such a contentious issue and what she could do to help. Through Back of the House, she hopes to convey that immigrants have a real and lasting impact on everyone's lives and that we cannot live, or eat, without them. This film has had a lasting impact on her view of workers in all service industries, and she hopes viewers will leave the film with similar feelings of gratitude and hope.